United face DC test in opening Shield tie

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson. Picture: Pacemaker Press.
Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson. Picture: Pacemaker Press.

Glenn Ferguson insists Ballymena United’s impressive league form will not diminish his side’s pursuit of knockout glory.

The Sky Blues have enjoyed an impressive record in cup competitions under Ferguson’s leadership, including a County Antrim Shield win and an Irish Cup final appearance.

That Shield win in 2012 has proved a catalyst for United’s continued improvement and the manager wants his players to maintain their focus as they begin their campaign in the Toals-sponsored competition tonight (Tuesday).

United face Donegal Celtic in the Shield for the third successive season as they travel to Suffolk Road (7.45pm).

“We’ll be looking at who will be in the squad and who needs match time,” said Ferguson.

“There are players nursing injuries after the weekend but we’ll look at who we have available at the start of the week.

“But we will have a team out who we believe can win the match because we want to be through to the next round, make no mistake about that.

“We have 23 members of our first team squad and 16 of those will form our squad for the Shield game.

“It’s not as if we’ll be chopping and changing too much but we will put out a team that should be strong enough to win the game if they play to their abilities - if we don’t we’ll be desperately disappointed,” added Ferguson.

Seven Towers Supporters’ Club bus leaves Henry Street car park at 6.45pm